Martin Salas and Christian Ramirez were both invited to participate in the U14 Boys' National Team Camp, which was held at California's Home Depot Center, May 1-8. Martin and Christian were two of 38 players that were invited to participate. Both boys play locally for FC Dallas. It was interesting to note that of the 38 players invited to the camp, 30 of them were from the Olympic Development Program.


The United States' Under-15 Boys' National Team has named 20 players to travel to Zagreb, Croatia, the week of May 10 for a training camp and friendly games. The 20-man roster includes 16 players with US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) experience, all born in 1996. Traveling with the team will be two North Texas Players, Vernon Bailey (Dallas Texans) and Emerson Hyndman (FC Dallas Juniors).


Anthony Ampaipitakwong of Carrollton has been selected as the 2010 men's soccer Lowe's Senior CLASS Award winner. The award, chosen by a nationwide vote of Division I men's soccer coaches, national soccer media and fans, is given annually to the most outstanding senior student-athlete in NCAA Division-I men's soccer.

To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division-I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character, and competition. The Lowe's Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

Anthony had a 3.4 grade-point average in business administration at Akron. He's also a regular in the Akron community, working with Habitat for Humanity, spending days at local elementary schools and volunteering time at a local shelter for homeless women and children. He's also been a volunteer coach for several soccer camps at Akron as well as at his high school in Bradenton, Fla.

Anthony was part of the 1988 Boys' Olympic Development Program and played locally with the Dallas Texans, helping them to win the 2005 US Youth Soccer National Championship. During his residency in Bradenton, Anthony played for the U17 National Team from fall 2003 to spring 2005.

Anthony went on to play four years at the University of Akron, where he played midfield, was a two-time All-American and led the Zips to the NCAA championship game in 2009 and the semifinals in 2010. He is a four-time all-conference performer and a candidate for the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy, which recognizes the nation's top player, for the second-consecutive year.

Anthony will be continuing his soccer career with the MLS San Diego Earthquakes, who drafted him in the second round of this year's draft.

According to Tom Lamb, Lowe's Senior Vice President of Marketing, "Anthony has been the model of consistency during his career at Akron. He is a top performer in the classroom, on the field and in the community."

All of us at North Texas are extremely proud of Anthony's award and accomplishments. We wish him much success in all of his future endeavors!


Athletes Performance held a series of instructional classes on Nutrition and Injury Prevention at the Fieldhouse USA in Frisco, TX, on May 15th. The classes were conducted by an Athletes Performance registered dietitian and certified physical therapist. The classes focused on:

  • Foundational Nutrition-Everyday Nutrition
  • Hydration for Optimal Performance
  • Training, Recovery and Supplements
  • Game Day and Travel Strategies
  • Injury Prevention Strategies

Parents also had an opportunity to ask questions of the specialists.

95G West Texas ODP Player Joins
New Zealand's World Cup Young Ferns

Coach Paul Temple of New Zealand's World Cup Young Ferns named Courtney Pitman of Lubbock a member of the Young Football Ferns training squad for qualification to the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup in Azerbaijan. She was scheduled to leave for New Zealand on May 25 to begin training with the national squads in hopes of securing a World Cup berth on the team during her summer holidays.

Also, Courtney will be playing soccer for one of Auckland's top women's teams, Three Kings United Soccer Club, where she will train and gain experience with other National women's players.

Courtney plays her club soccer for Lubbock Arsenal FC 94 Girls in Lake Highland Girls Classic League Division 3, coached by Angel Cuevas.

She is a past regional and current pool player in the 95 G West Texas ODP squad. She also is a freshman at Monterey High School in Lubbock, where she is on their varsity soccer team. Courtney plays outside midfield or forward. One of her high school teammates, senior Taylor Narvaiz (who committed to Texas Tech NCAA Division-I women's program in the fall) commented to the Lubbock AJ, stating, "She has an amazing left foot."

Although Courtney is 15 years old, she is a strong and talented player and is determined to show on the world stage that West Texas produces great soccer players. Further, her grandparents and extended family, which all live in New Zealand, have never seen her play, so she is excited at the opportunity to play before them.

She expects to train hard to make the team, but knows that it will not be easy. The challenge is worth the costs. Good luck, Courtney!

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